Dunedin, Family Restaurants

  • Cobb and Co. Dunedin

    NZ's original family restaurant has re-opened its red doors in the historic Dunedin Railway Station so reconnect with your childhood and check out the new Cobb and Co!  Welcome bac... read more

  • Wig 'n Pen - Law Courts

    One of New Zealand’s premier family dining venues, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, providing hearty fare at affordable prices. The lunch and dinner menus are varied, with dishes including roasts, fish and fries, risotto, pastas, steaks, chicken, gourmet burgers, mixed grill, salads, hot pot plus much more. Highchairs available.

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  • Fat Harrys Family Restaurant

    Fat Harrys Restaurant has been well established at the Mornington Tavern for over 10 years. Offering affordable meals at both lunch and dinner, Fat Harrys can cater for large groups, family groups and functions as well as providing bistro facilities. Daily specials, bar facilities and children's play area are all part of the service offered in the Restaurant with the best view on Top of the Hill. The kids’ menu includes chicken, pizza, fish, hot dogs or roast, plus range of desserts. For the grown ups choose our hearty roast of the day, big catch blue cod, steak, lamb, delicious pasta and much more.

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  • Ironic Cafe

    The setting at Ironic Cafe is warm and friendly and our staff are helpful, informed and always willing to go that extra mile. There is an awesome range on the kids mains and dessert menus that'll be sure to make them happy and highchairs are available.


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  • 1908 Cafe - Portobello

    Offering quality imaginative, contemporary fare with traditional New Zealand flavours.  Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and seven days a week for evening dining.

    Outdoor dining available.  A very enticing menu with kids.

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  • The Corner Store

    The Corner Store is an inner city café serving simple, quality food and superior coffee to Dunedin customers and visitors.  They have a strong focus on gluten free options in both savoury and sweet and use only locally farmed Free Range Bacon and Free Range Eggs and wherever possible source their ingredients locally. Kids and adults alike will love the selection available.

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  • Lonestar

    Offering wonderful food to cater for all tastes - for the more famished we have the Classic Menu with established favourites, such as the Lassoo of Hog, the World Famous Baked Red-Necked Ribs and the Johnny Cash Stash, to name but a few. The more refined amongst you will enjoy the Soul Kitchen Menu – and of course the children get to choose from their own menu - Billy the Kids – this is an extensive children’s menu, not to be missed! Highchairs and toybox available.

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  • The Perc Cafe

    The Perc Cafe has a completely delicious menu to choose from with breakfast, brunch and lunch including great coffee and options for the kids.  Home-baking is done on site that will delight and hit the right spot for big and little tummies!

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  • Penguin Cafe - Portobello

    The Penguin Cafe is located in Portobello, the heart of Dunedin's Otago Peninsula.  Providing lots of yummy treats, that include home-baking, breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea and of course fabulous coffee (reputedly the best on the peninsula)!  There is lots of kids toys and books and baby changing facilities.  Best of all this little gem of a cafe offers packed picnic lunches for the family to takeaway so that you can head out to enjoy the very best of the peninsula's wildlife and walks.

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  • Vogel Street Kitchen


    All exposed brick, steel beams and vintage or bespoke furniture, the 120-seater café serves up food heavy on the flavours of Otago, casual and honest, whether you’re after a craft beer or a wood-fired pizza.”
    Open 7 days.  Pizzas, snacks and enticing menu.


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  • Del Sol Vila Mexicana

    Delicious, authentic Mexican food... Dunedin's best Mexican Restaurant, just 1 minute from the Octagon.
    Our menus have been carefully compiled in celebration of the best Mexican cuisine and culture - combining some of the finest, freshest local produce with authentic Mexican flavors.
    Dine in or takeaway available.  Kids' menu available.

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  • Starfish Cafe and Bar

    Starfish Cafe and Bar is located in the gorgeous location of St Clair, offering alfresco dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is only moments from the beach.  They serve great coffee and food and for the little ones check out their Little Star Kids Menu.

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  • Eureka Cafe and Bar

    Eureka Cafe & Bar offers a warm and friendly atmosphere with open fire and rustic charm and character. Meal prices range from $6 to $25 and a children’s menu is available. Extensive lunch and dinner menus including antipasto platters, blue cod, stuffed chicken breast, Greek salmon, lamb shanks, pork fillet, pastas and warm or cold salads. Dine inside, or on those sunny Dunedin days, outside in the very private and sheltered courtyard area.

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  • Esplanade Restaurant

    Italian, beachfront pizzeria.  Great views, buzzy and fun atmosphere - very popular with a crowd or with families.
    Antipasti, pizzas, pastas, great salads and awesome desserts.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.